Ryman North: Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane knew thrashing was coming

PUBLISHED: 18:00 12 December 2016 | UPDATED: 08:51 13 December 2016

Hornchurch striker Leon McKenzie (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch striker Leon McKenzie (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Urchins put four past Ware last weekend and produced some excellent football at Bridge Avenue

Jimmy McFarlane was thrilled Hornchurch finally delivered a result they had been threatening for a while in the Ryman North on Saturday.

Urchins thrashed Ware 4-0 at Bridge Avenue with Leon McKenzie netting a hat-trick and Ross Wall on target.

Hornchurch have been creating plenty of chances, yet wasting them, but that largely changed at the weekend.

“I said beforehand we have been playing well and keeping clean sheets so it was only a matter of time before we gave somebody a thumping,” said McFarlane.

“The chances we had been missing, I knew it was coming and Ware unfortunately suffered it. Even then we wasted some more excellent opportunities and it really could have been 8-0 or more.”

McFarlane’s team remain 10th in the table despite the victory, though do have games in hand on their rivals.

The Hornchurch boss was full of praise for McKenzie after his third hat-trick of the campaign.

Abs Thompson was initially credited with the opener, yet McFarlane insisted it was definitely McKenzie’s goal.

He added: “There is pressure on us. We know we shouldn’t be where we are in the table, but the league doesn’t lie at this time of year.

“Every team has a hard luck story so it is just something we have to improve on and I think that was Leon’s third hat-trick of the season.

“It was definitely his goal, everybody knew it and Abs celebrated, but he was only joking around.”

After Hornchurch had taken a 17th minute lead through McKenzie, they failed to convert some good opportunities before the break.

Yet the Urchins’ forward doubled their advantage just five minutes after the restart and it delighted his Bridge Avenue boss.

“The second and third goals take the pressure off. At half time I said it only takes a slip or a fall for them to make it 1-1,” said McFarlane.

“And if that happens suddenly it is a different game, we are more nervous and they have the momentum. It was nice to get the second goal and we produced some really good attacking football.”

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